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Pelion Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE
Pelion has both mild summers and winters due to its exceptional location amidst the mountains and the sea and it is generally known for its healthy climate.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital of Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).

The Area Code for Pelion is: +30 24260. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country's national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes


Getting there
BY AIR

During the summer months travellers can arrive to Pelion via the airport of Volos, named Anhialos, situated 35 km from the town of Volos. The airport of Skiathos is also a very convenient way to reach Pelion throughout the year. The trip from Athens to Skiathos lasts 35 minutes and from there one has to take the flying dolphin, the hydrofoil or the ferry to get to the harbour of Volos in approximately 1:30 hour or 2:30 hours respectively.

Olympic Airways: +30 24210 20910, 24210, 24910, www.olympicair.com
Nea Anchialos airport: +30 24280 76886
Skiathos airport: +30 24270 22954, 24270 23300

You can also fly direct to Volos with Ryanair, for example by:
- Brussels Charleroi
- Milan Bergamo

From Amsterdam fly direct to Volos with transavia.com.
There are also direct flights several times a week to Volos from:
- Berlin
-Dusseldorf
-Hamburg
-Nuremberg
-Vienna

BY BOAT
The port of Volos is the third largest port in Greece. There are ferry boats, hydrofoils and flying dolphins from and to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

BY BUS
The Ktel (long distance) buses serve many routes to and from the city of Volos both from Athens and Thessaloniki as well as Patra and other smaller cities of Greece. The busses leave from the central Bus Terminal (Liosion Str., Athens) and the journey lasts approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Likewise, the trip lasts 3 hours from the Macedonian Bus terminal station of Thessaloniki.
Athens KTEL Tel.: +30 210 8317186-8329585
Thessaloniki KTEL Tel.: +30 2310 543087
Patra KTEL Tel.: +30 2610 222164

BY TRAIN
Travelers can reach Volos with the Greek National Railway (OSE) from Athens, Patra and Thessaloniki. The duration of the trip from Athens to Volos is approximately 4-8 hours depending if you travel with a regular or express train.
OSE Athens Tel.: +30 210 5240646
OSE Patra Tel.: +30 2610 639108
OSE Thessaloniki Tel.: +30 2310 517517
OSE Volos Tel.: +30 24210 23519

BY CAR
You can reach Volos by car following the National road E 75 Patra-Athens-Thessaloniki or the National road E92 from Igoumenitsa to Larissa and then to Volos.
Distances in km:
Athens-Volos 309 km
Thessaloniki-Volos 211 km
Igoumenitsa-Volos 371 km
Patra-Volos 546 km


Local Transportation

Pelion is an enchanting region so it is advised to rent a car in order to visit all unique places and stunningly beautiful beaches at your own pace and convenience.

RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE
There are many car rental agencies around the area of Pelion and Volos from which you can rent a car or motorbike and explore all the beauties that this enchanting region has to offer in the best and most convenient way.

TAXI
There are several taxis throughout Pelion and Volos which you can use for your transfers around the region.
Radio Taxi of Volos: +30 24210 27777, 37880-3

SEA-TAXI
A sea taxi service is available from the small seashore hamlet of Mikro to the picturesque village of Platania only during the peak summer season.

LOCAL BUSES
Local buses are very limited in Pelion therefore, if you are planning to use this way of transportation, you need to make sure that you know where the bus stops are located and the exact time schedule for the bus routes.


Local Services

There are several banks and ATMs around the region of Pelion as well as in the city of Volos.

BANKS & ATMS
ATMs can be found in the area of Portaria, Kala Nera, Kato Lechonia, Argalasti, Lavkos, Tsangarada and of course the city of Volos. The villages' ATMs though are not always in service or they might be out of cash especially during the peak summer or winter seasons so make sure you don't wait until the last minute to arrange your finance.

Find below some indicative bank branches and ATMs in Volos and the wider region of Pelion (including the villages in the area).

Alpha Bank
Volos, Iasonos 60,
38221, Volos Greece
Tel.: +30 24210 27261

EFG Eurobank Ergasias
Volos, Iasonos 69,
38333, Volos Greece
Tel.: +30 24210 39750

National Bank of Greece
Volos, Iasonos 50,
38333, Volos Greece,
Tel.: +30 24210 90801

Emporiki Bank
Portaria,
37011, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24280 99946

Agricultural Bank of Greece
Zagora,
37001, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24260 22500

EFG Eurobank Ergasias A.E. (ATM)
Tsagarada,
37012, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24260 49600

National Bank of Greece
Agria, Papandreou Andrea 2,
37300, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24280 92351

EFG Eurobank Ergasias A.E.
Agria, Dimokratias 163,
37300, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24280 91803

MONEY EXCHANGE
Currency can be exchanged in banks, post offices, travel agencies as well as some hotels that can be found throughout the Pelion region and the numerous villages.

POST OFFICE

The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post office of Pelion region in the city of Volos at 209 Dimitriados street, 38221. The post office performs money transactions and cash currency exchange. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post office Tel: +30 24210 25048
There are also many post offices scattered around the villages of Pelion such as:
Agios Ioannis: +30 24260 49215
Agria: +30 24280 92599
Ano/Kato Lexonia: +30 24280 92599
Argalasti: +30 24230 54252
Zagora:
+30 24260 22682
Makrinitsa: +30 24280 99104
Platanias: +30 24230 65394

POLICE STATION

The main police station of the Pelion region is situated in Volos and there are more police stations at most of the surrounding villages.
Police Authority of Volos
28th October 179, Volos, 38221
Tel.: +30 24210 39061

MUNICIPALITY OF PELION
The region of Pelion is divided in 3 municipalities, the municipality of Volos, the municipality of South Pelion and the Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi.

MUNICIPALITY OF VOLOS
Rigas Feraios Square 38001
Tel.: +30 24213-50100

MUNICIPALITY OF SOUTH PELION
370 06 Argalasti
Tel.no. +30 2423054990

MUNICIPALITY OF ZAGORA-MOURESI
37001 Zagora
Tel.: +30 24263 50114


Useful numbers
  • Radio Taxi: +30 24210 27777
  • Tourist Police: +30 24210 39057, 39065
  • Port Authority: +30 24210 28888, 33840, 76720
  • Hellenic National Meteorological Service: +30 210 9699101-3
  • Elpa ( Car breakdown tourist information service): 174


INTERNATIONAL PRESS
In Pelion and the greater area of Volos there are many convenient stores and book stores from where travellers can buy all kinds of newspapers, books and magazines in both Greek and foreign languages.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Police: 100
  • Fire Department: 199
  • Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
There is a General hospital in the city of Volos and many rural clinics and health centres throughout the region of Pelion. Almost each village of the municipality has at least one clinic or health centre.

Volos General Hospital
"Achillopoulion"
Tel.: +30 24210 94200-20
Fax: +30 24210 36870
E-mail: info@volos-hospital.gr

Some of the Rural Clinics and Health Centres of the regional villages:
Agios Lavrendios Rural Clinic: +30 24280 96222
Anilio Clinic: +30 24260 31210
Ano / Kato Lechonia Rural Clinic: +30 24280 93204
Argalasti Health Centre: +30 24233 50010, +30 24230 54611
Vizitsa Clinic: +30 24230 73757
Drakia Rural Clinic: +30 24280 93022
Zagora Health Centre: +30 24260 22222, +30 24263 50010
Kala Nera Clinic: +30 24230 86666
Kalamaki Health Centre: +30 24230 54611
Kalamos Health Centre: +30 24210 54611
Kastri Clinic: +30 24210 71222
Kato Gatzea Clinic: +30 24210 86204

PHARMACY
There are many pharmacies around the Pelion region in many of the surrounding villages as well as in the city of Volos.



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